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The Old Testament

- The Old Testament clearly displays that the Israelites were the “Chosen” people of God and while there are many events that show destruction of other civilizations, conversion was certainly acceptable to Old Testament thinking. Judaism is not a conversion religion, but it is not opposed to taking in those who will obey the laws of the tradition, and worship Yahweh. The attitude of the Bible is that the Israelites had committed many sins, but would always be forgiven by God. This is evident in Isaiah 4:1 which states, “ Israel needs to be comforted and she will receive more from God” (NIV Isaiah 40:1) While Judaism and the doctrines and texts had many violent moments, there were also peaceful...   [tags: israelies, god, judaic law]

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The Old Testament

- Christian theologians have taken part in biblical scholarship for centuries on the qualities of the Old Testament that have changed western civilization forever. Walter Brueggemann is no exception to the enormous contributions theologians have made to these discussions in his respected work, The Prophetic Imagination. Here, Brueggemann proposes the social actions of the prophets Moses, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, and Jeremiah as revolutionary insofar as each of their ministries provided a radical alternative for the social consciousness for the Hebrew people of their time given the context of their dominant social realities....   [tags: Religion, Bible, Christian Theologians]

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The Old Testament

- Abraham, Isaac Jacob and Joseph all had lives inspired by God and I love reading about bible stories about that. This lives of these 4 men lead to the Israelites coming into existence. This will show you the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph and of the Old Testament. The life of Abraham is amazing he had many careers he was a semi nomadic shepherd that God revealed himself to and made covenants of Abrahams offspring which would be the nation of Israel. Abraham believed in God’s covenant with him and that affected his life in a good way....   [tags: prophets, god, bible]

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Simmary of the books of the Old Testament

- Summary of the books of the Old Testament Genesis (EXAMPLE) The book of Genesis is largely narrative material. Some key themes and events include God as the creator and sustainer of his creation demonstrated through the accounts of the creation week, the fall of man, the flood, and Patriarchal History, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. After Adam and Eve sinned and ushered the era of sin and death into the world, men continued to become increasingly sinful. Eventually, God became so angry he completely destroyed mankind with a world-wide flood....   [tags: genesis, numbers, isiah, deuteronomy, jobs]

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God's Faithfulness in the Old Testament

- Every author depicts information in light of purposes and themes. Sometimes these themes are moral issues, emotions, or existential concepts. In the case of the Old Testament, the authors wrote books that highlighted various ideas such as love, obedience, and suffering. Despite various subtopics, the Old Testament clearly demonstrates the theme of God’s faithfulness to his followers. To begin with, God’s faithfulness is displayed in the Pentateuch. One example is found in the opening chapters of Genesis....   [tags: Theology]

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The Old Testament: The Five Covenants

- The word ‘covenant’ is, in the Old Testament, it is the Hebrew word ‘berith’ and is used many times in different texts. Some scholars my say that the word covenants is hard to find a true meaning. You will hear the word covenant throughout the Old Testament. I think sometimes when we hear the word covenant only one or two covenants come to mind. There are many covenants throughout the Bible. I will attempt to define and explain five covenants. These five covenants are: Noahic Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, Davidic Covenant and the Fifth Covenant or the (New Covenant)....   [tags: Noahic, abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic]

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How is the Old Testament True?

- ... This also shows us that life’s journey takes us on unexpected paths that have twists and turns in the road that no one can anticipate. However, with each twist and turn, there are opportunities that arise; opportunities that allow us to make our own decisions in life—our own plan of action. These difficulties allow us not only to attach on to the support of those around us, but especially brings us the opportunity to draw closer to our Savior and to trust in Him more fully. Through the process of living closer to Him each day, we too start to develop Christ-like attributes and qualities, just like reaching out and putting those forth within natural disaster situations who were in need be...   [tags: bible, god, human beings]

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Old Testament: The Book of Ruth

- Introduction The book of Ruth is one of the most beloved books in the Old Testament. The themes contained in Ruth include, but are not limited to the following: (1) the lineage of David is traced back to Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:17), (2) the tender love story between Ruth and Boaz, and (3) the faithfulness of Ruth towards Naomi (Ruth 1:13-18). As endearing as these themes and other might be, the primary theme in the book of Ruth is expressed in the Hebrew concept חֶסֶד (hesed). The חֶסֶד (hesed) of God expresses itself especially in the restoration of Naomi (לְמֵשִׁ֣יב נֶ֔פֶשׁ a restorer of life) through the union between Ruth and Boaz....   [tags: lineage of david, elimelech, god]

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Women Empowerment in the Old Testament

- Although women throughout history are portrayed as the weaker of the two sexes, unable to defend themselves much less stand equally against their male counterparts, some stand out against the mundane background of the “ideal” woman. Labeled throughout history as troublemakers, perhaps these women are only attempting to exercise their power. Surely, their power is not found in their physical strength, but this power stems from a deeper source, their very essence as sexual beings. Women in the Old Testament such as Eve, Lot’s daughters, Potiphar’s wife, and Delilah are thought of throughout history as “scandalous” women....   [tags: Women's Rights ]

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The Old Testament's Book of Job

- The Old Testament's Book of Job is a highly controversial part of the Biblical text. The book of Job is part of the collection of Wisdom Literature, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Like the other Wisdom books Job is primarily composed of poetry. The Book of Job is not simply a story, but a fable, rich with meaning and lessons to be learned. Job attempts to rationalize human suffering and the ways of the Lord. The actual Book in the Bible is for its purpose in teaching us that we must endure what troubles we are given, because it is the will of God....   [tags: Bible Testament Job Religion]

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The Old Testament and Principlism

- Introduction The Old Testament law is seen as irrelevant by most modern Christians today. Christians are now under the blood of Jesus Christ which is said to abrogate the Law. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” The law of Christ is to love God and your neighbor as yourself. This does not mean, however, that the Old Testament Law does not apply to Christians today. Author J. Daniel Hays expounds on this topic in his article, “Applying the Old Testament Law Today,” and focuses on the hermeneutical approach of Principlism....   [tags: Bible, Reflection, Application]

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The New and Old Testament

- Introduction The Bible is the Word of God. It is God’s message for all of humanity. The Bible is divine revelation, breathed by God, written by men, and is applicable for all of humanity. In today’s world, there is controversy over if the inerrancy of the Bible and inspiration of the writers; however, there is little controversy over the simple fact of the New Testament, as a whole, itself. The Bible is not one long book, but rather, the Bible is a book consisting of various letters and manuscripts from throughout the history of mankind....   [tags: church, god, apostle, elders]

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Essay about the Old Testament

- Essay about the Hebrew Scriptures Introduction: The study of the scriptures conforming the Old Testament, is a good start not only for those who believe, but also for non-believers looking forward to go further in the study of the sacred and man's relationship with the spiritual realm. The Old Testament (also known as the Hebrew Scriptures) is a true literary jewel whose influence reflects in the work of many prominent authors from different generations. Theological perspective of the Old Testament: From a theological point of view, for Christians and Jews, these writings represent the word of God and they are highly respected as such, not only during the worship, but in the everyday’s l...   [tags: Hebrew Scriptures, Books in Bible]

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Salvation in the Old Testament

- From the definition of apocalyptic literate, which states that such literature is “a revelatory form which pertains to the end of reality and describes a new divine world with salvation for the few,” it might be easy to assume that apocalyptic texts can be pretty homogenous. Certainly there are many similarities in apocalyptic texts-- prophets employ common motifs and themes and use similar language patterns, and of course, the central subject always involves some sort of end to the world. Nevertheless, there is an astounding amount of room for variation within apocalyptic texts....   [tags: Bible, Prophets, Salvation]

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The Old Testament Law

- Introduction The Old Testament law is seen as irrelevant by most modern Christians today. Christians are now under the blood of Jesus Christ, which is said to abrogate the Law. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (NASB). The law of Christ is to love God and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). This does not mean, however, that the Old Testament Law does not apply to Christians today. Author J. Daniel Hays expounds on this topic in his article, “Applying the Old Testament Law Today,” and focuses on the method of Principlism....   [tags: Religion, Principalism]

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Reading the Old Testament

- The Old Testament and the Bible itself has been studied extensively for centuries. Archeologists and Scholars have labored and pondered over texts trying to decipher its clues. It does not matter how many times the Old Testament has been studied there will always be something new to learn about it or the history surrounding it. In the book Reading the Old Testament: an Introduction, the author Lawrence Boadt presents us with a few different authors of the Old Testament that used different names for God and had a unique insight into the texts....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]

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The Old Testament: Foreshadowing the New Testament

- In the days of Christ’s life on this earth, believers did not have access to the Bible in its entirety as we know and are familiar with today. Believers in this ancient time period only had access to the Old Testament. However, through their access to the Old Testament, believers were provided a foundation for New Testament times. This foundation provided New Testament believers with the Lord’s established principles of right and wrong they were expected to follow. In addition, the Old Testament is overflowing with accounts of people whose lives exemplified the future life of Christ on this earth....   [tags: Christ's life, bible, christianity]

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Old Testament Survey

- The Old Testament is a library of 39 books inspired by God. The Old testament can be divided into 5 divisions: The Law, History,Wisdom and Poetry, Major prophets, and Minor prophets. In reading and studying the Old testament one can reason that the world is extremely complex and it did not come into play just by chance. The big bang theory may fill the void for many, but something about it just didn't add up for me, and if this was what really happened, then who started the big bang. Think about how complicated this world is, and how everything is connected....   [tags: The Law, History,Wisdom and Poetry, Major prophets]

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Old Testament Missions

- MISSIONS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT “Missions is the heart of God and the over all messege for all believers and is also he theme of the Bible."1 This missions unites all sixty-six books in the Bible. Paul makes known the mystery of the gospel Ephesians 3:6 stemming from the Old Testament, that it is also for the gentiles and not limited to the Jews only. From the very beginning of creation the gentiles, or all peoples not Jews, have been a part of the saving grace of the Lord. The apostle's understood this plan and is evident in their writings....   [tags: Theology ]

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Old Testament Summaries

- ... In the book of Job, Job and three of his friends converse about why suffering has come to Job and they discuss why God would let those things happen. When Job and his friends begin to question God, He tells Job and his friends that in order for Him to fix things, they must trust in Him and not let doubt consume their minds (NKJV “Job”). When Job and his friends gave themselves to God and released all doubt, God allowed Job to regain his wealth and healed him. Through the experiences of Job and his friends, readers can see that God does allow some negative things to happen to people who live their life as good as possible (NKJV “Job”)....   [tags: Leviticus, Bible studies]

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Sexual Sin and Immorality in the Old Testament

- ... This is nowhere more evident than in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where in Gen. 19 God destroyed both cities because of their twisted demoralized nature and desire for homosexuality. It highlights the pinnacle of sex gone wrong, and illustrates how far sex has come from being a divine tool of God to being a tool of depravity and fulfillment of lustful thoughts and actions. Moreover, homosexuality is condemned by the Old Testament, as stated in Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (ESV).” Aside from Sodom and Gomorrah, there are other stories in the Old Testament where such a divine gift from God has been corrupted by the sinful desir...   [tags: biblical studies, relationship with Christ]

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Capital Punish Relating to The Old Testament

- Why do some christians agree with the capital punishment. Some Christians feel that the Bible has spoken to the conflict, but many believe that the New Testament replaces the Old Testament law. Skimming through the Old Testament you can find many cases in which God orders the use of capital punishment, with the acts of God Himself. God was somehow involved directly or maybe indirectly, in the taking of life as a punishment for Israel or whomever threatened or harm the city of Israel. In Genesis 6-8, when it speaks about Noah and the flood ....   [tags: christians, bible, god]

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Examples of Faith in God in the Old Testament

- An excellent example of faith in God in the Old Testament would be Abraham being tested by God. It starts in Genesis 22:1-19 and provides a resounding story of faith in God. After asking Abraham and Sarah to wait all those years and then miraculously giving them a son, God here asks Abraham to give Isaac back as a sacrifice. God had already shown Abraham that when his human reason disagreed with God’s reason, he could always trust God to be correct – and that’s a tough lesson for many people to understand....   [tags: sacrifice, suffering, bible]

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Feminism in the Old Testament- Article Reviews

- Juskiene, Vaineta. "Female Image in the Biblical Text: Aspect of Creationsim." Feminist -------------Theology. Journal Biblical Literature, 1 Dec. 2010. Web. 2 Apr. 2012. Rooke, Deborah W. "Feminist Criticism of the Old Testament: Why Bother?"Libraries.Slu.Edu. ----Journal Biblical Literature, 1 Jan. 2007. Web. 6 Apr. 2012. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezp.slu.edu/eds/detail?vid=6&hid=101&sid=b1182eba-cea0-4340-8ef1-ed25678fc244%40sessionmgr112&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=a9h&AN=24052529>.   Feminism in the Old Testament   The first article that is discussed in great proportion is called ‘The Feminist Criticism of the Old Testament: Why Bother?’ by Deborah W....   [tags: bible, theology, religion]

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The Old Testament

- The Old Testament The Old Testament is a compilation, and like every compilation it has a wide variety of contributors who, in turn, have their individual influence upon the final work. It is no surprise, then, that there exist certain parallels between the Enuma Elish, the cosmogony of the Babylonians, and the Book of Genesis, the first part of the Pentateuch section of the Bible. In fact, arguments may be made that other Near Eastern texts, particularly Sumerian, have had their influences in Biblical texts....   [tags: Religion Influence Religious Bible Essays]

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Worship in The Old and New Testament

- Introduction Worship is a topic that appears frequently in the Old and New Testament and that is still very relevant to believers today. Many Biblical authors write about worship and the various ways believers worship God in the Bible. Everything from the book of Psalm, where every line leads believers to praise God because of his attributes and his works of salvation, to the Gospels that cause believers to praise God because of the works and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. The aim of this paper will seek to find out how worship in the book of Psalms shapes our theology and definition of worship, while also determining the primary purpose of worship, whether to praise God for who he is,...   [tags: bible, god, psalms]

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The Old Testament and The Code of Hammurabi

- The Old Testament and The Code of Hammurabi To write an essay on the differences of the two texts given in Oliver Johnson's book presents quite a challenge since both texts are so different and yet have some over-all similarities. Where to start, and how to present these differences are two perplexing questions. I will, however, present in the following manner: I will describe the characteristics of the Old Testament, then contrast the Old Testament to the Code of Hammurabi and then discuss the encompassing similarities....   [tags: Papers]

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History of the Old Testament of the Bible

- Studying the Old Testament is not as straightforward as some may think. Being able to recall stories of the Bible does not necessarily mean you have a thorough grasp on the history of Israel and the surrounding nations. Some people read and discuss the Bible without a solid understanding of the history and social issues that were going on at the time. Being able to relate to the stories in the Bible and struggle with some of the same problems faced by the people in the Bible gives you a greater appreciation for the works in the Bible....   [tags: Religion Christian Christianity]

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The Bible Story: The Old Testament

- To speak of the Hebrew Scripture is to speak of story, a story stretching from the very beginning of time to only a few centuries before the beginning of the Common Era. It is to speak of richness of content, of purpose and of reality and to engross oneself in an overarching narrative that, depending on your personal convictions, continues to the present day. Within this richness is found a wide variety of different events and experience, told through a series of genre ranging from foundational myth to apocalypse, law giving to poetry, genealogy to wisdom and many more....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]

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Old Testament: The Book of Ruth

- Evidence is insufficient on the author of the book of Ruth. Historically, it gives the impression to be during the era of the judges (Ruth.1:1), but was finalized at another time. (Hubbard, 1988). According to Gerald West, editor for Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, “The opening words, In the days when the judges ruled looks back to that period; the gloss in Ruth 4:7 explains an ancient custom for later readers; and Ruth 4:22 mentions David. Thus, the final editorial process could not have ended before the time of David” (West, 2003, p....   [tags: era of judges, israelites, god]

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Plato's The Republic and The Old Testament

- Plato's The Republic and The Old Testament A Buddhist teaching suggests that practicing Buddhism is like taking a raft over a great river. One riverbank represents the realm of ‘samsara,’ the cycle of suffering that we are all spinning around in. On the other side is ‘wakefulness,’ or ‘nirvana,’ an enlightened state of awareness characterized by an infinite sense of unity and bliss. The raft symbolizes Buddhism; its purpose being to help us cross over from samsara to nirvana. According to the teaching, however, a curious thing happens to the individual who manages to reach the ‘banks of enlightenment.’ Having climbed off of the raft, she turns around to discover that she cannot now see any...   [tags: Philosophy Buddhism Religion Essays]

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City of Jericho in the Old Testament

- Jericho Jericho is often referred to as the oldest city on earth, with a history of over ten thousand years. This ancient city is located in the region of Canaan at the lower end of the Jordan valley about eight miles north of the Dead (Salt) Sea. It lies 840 feet below sea level making it the lowest city in the world. Hunters were attracted to this location because of the abundant water sources nearby. Aqueducts and other irrigation systems were built early on, making the city an agricultural center....   [tags: Religion]

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Books of Old Testament Summary

- Deuteronomy The book of Deuteronomy is a book of law. The key themes that are mentioned in Deuteronomy are the retelling of what God has done for all of the Israelites through Moses. He gives the historical accounts of Moses as a leader. Moses ultimately rebels against and distrusts the journey to the Promised Land. The telling of the Ten Commandments is told by Moses in the book of Deuteronomy. The Israelites are told how to love God and how they should not worship any other gods but the Lord God....   [tags: theme, law, narrative, genre]

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Slavery in the Old Testament

- The Old Testament is comprised of parables, metaphors, and sequential stories explaining the unknown entities of mankind. Here, believers utilize this foundation in order to better understand, evaluate, and rectify occurrences throughout daily life. In early American history, the old-testament was routinely used to justify slavery. The aim of this research is to discuss the specific reference and justification of slavery as it is portrayed in the Old-Testament. The Christian church's main justification of slavery is based on Genesis 9:25-27....   [tags: Religion]

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Religion in the Old Testament

- The Exodus of the Israelites is the equivalent to our present day Fourth of July or Bastille Day to the French. Israelite writers discuss the Exodus the most out of any other event in history. The story of the Exodus is one of the most famous stories of the Old Testament. Three of the most significant aspects of the story of Exodus are the call of Moses, the use of plagues as miracles, and the Passover. Moses was a Hebrew who was raised with Egyptian upbringing and education. As he grew he either knew that he was an Israelite or simply sympathized with Israelites in bondage....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reading Through The Old Testament

- "And the Spirit of the LORD Came Upon Him" Reading through the Old Testament, one will realize that God may sometimes "bend the rules" so that his people can survive or progress. One will see that there are situations in which, under normal circumstances, God's people should have been annihilated. Somewhere in these stories one will most likely see the phrase "and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him/them," followed by a swift and dramatic victory for God's chosen one/ones. These events may give rise to many questions concerning exactly what effect the "Spirit of the Lord" had on His people....   [tags: Religion]

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The Old Testament: A Common Ground Among Religion

- Religion is a common theme that has bridged together people from all races and backgrounds. It has provided people with meaning and it has given hope to the hopeless. Religions have transcended culture and time untying people who believe in a higher power and choose to put their lives in the hands of the divine. Although all religions practices and styles of worship are not the same. Religions serve a greater purpose in directing people to pursue a moral and courageous life. All world religions focus on living a holy life to please and glorify some kind of deity....   [tags: Religion]

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Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament by Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright

- INTRODUCTION Christopher J. H. Wright is an Anglican clergyman and an Old Testament scholar. He is the International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership International. He was the principal of All Nations College. He is the honorary member of the All Saints Church of Langham Place in London, England. In his book, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Dr. Wright looks to bring about the unity between the Hebrew Scriptures and the understanding of Jesus pertaining to the Word of God....   [tags: theological issues, ministries, god]

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Anger of Gods Depicted in the Old Testament and Kafka's Book, Metamorphoses

- The anger of Gods throughout both stories leads you to believe that the Gods will not hesitate to take revenge on mankind for creating a world of evil in a world they created for good. The Gods from Metamorphoses and the God from the Old Testament create a world full of life, to live happy and full of grace. The destruction and recreation of the world by the Gods of each book, however similar they may seem, are full of differences as they both teach mankind lessons that should not be forgotten. “Whatever God it was, who brought order to the universe, and gave it division, subdivision, he molded earth” Metamorphoses pg 685....   [tags: Religion, bible]

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The Germans as a Chosen People: Old Testament Themes in German Nationalism by Hartmut Lehmann

- In the article, “The Germans as a Chosen People: Old Testament Themes in German Nationalism,” Hartmut Lehmann attempts to show to what extent the Protestant denominations of Germany contributed to the rise of German nationalism. He focuses on religion, theology, and how various Protestant groups developed the idea that major events in Germany were directly influenced by god. This idea of divine intervention among Protestants eventually transformed into the notion that Germans had developed a special connection with God, and that they were the “chosen people.” He argues that there were four distinct phases in which the chosen people theme spread throughout Germany....   [tags: enlightenment ideas, missionaries]

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The Kingdom of God: The Old Testament Hebrew God as Hypocritical and Capricious

- Regarded by his people as a merciful god, Yahweh, the Hebrew god, historically existed as a lawless entity before evolving into the merciful being, which Jews, Christians, and Catholics alike worship to this day. In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament in the Holy Bible, Yahweh (heretofore referred to as “God”) first creates humankind, and later establishes guidelines that his people must follow in order to avoid chastisement. It is arguable, however, that these guidelines are largely arbitrary, and that this supposed omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresence is merely a temperamental puppeteer throughout the earliest durations of his reign....   [tags: Religion]

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Blessings: Differences in Old and New Testament Blessings

- We do not deserve any of the blessings God blesses us with. We, as Christians, fall short all the time. Yet, God continues to bless us, because He is merciful and loving. God loves us despite our faults and flaws. If it was not for God blessing us and keeping us safe, who knows where we would be. The height of God’s favor and protection is demonstrated through the birth and death of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, truth, and life. He is the perfect example of how to live that’s pleasing to God. Jesus purchased our salvation by giving up His life on the cross for our sins....   [tags: Jesus, Mercy, Bible]

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A Comparison of the Divine in Gilgamesh, the Old Testament of the Bible, and Metamorphoses

- The Divine in Gilgamesh, The Old Testament, and Metamorphoses     Along with different languages, customs and traditions, ancient Hebrews, Middle-easterners and Romans had very different beliefs about the divine. For example, Hebrews are monotheistic, while Middle-easterners and Greco-Romans of early time periods believe in many gods. Writings from the ancient time period sketch these differences, as well as the many similarities between religious beliefs. The Old Testament is an excellent reference depicting Hebrew beliefs, while Gilgamesh outlines many Middle-eastern beliefs, and The Metamorphoses shows readers many ancient Greco-Roman beliefs about the divine....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Identities of Joseph and Esther from the Old Testament

- The Identities of Joseph and Esther from the Old Testament The Bible is full of common themes, yet there one prominent underlying thread that runs constant throughout is that in order to be influential, people are placed in positions where they are able to assimilate to the common culture, but are still set apart from other ordinary people. Assimilation is defined as the process where a group adopts the customs of the prevailing culture, whereas consecration refers to someone who is set apart as sacred....   [tags: Joseph Esther Religion Religious Essays]

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Old Testament Exegetical Paper – Isaiah 62

- The prophet Isaiah lived in the Southern Kingdom of Judah in the 3rd century B.C. He had a reputation as an uncompromising prophet who did not soften his words of condemnation and urge to make changes (Stafford 616). The nation of Judah stood in a precarious position: the wickedness of the people, the civil war which divided the Israelites into two kingdoms of Judah and Israel, the neighboring countries which stood by, threatening war and the dilemma that faced the leaders about whether or not they should take on allies all indicated the downfall of the nation of Judah if the people did not heed his words and change their ways....   [tags: Bible Religion]

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The Personality I Identify with from the Old Testament

- Introduction The personality that I identify with from the Old Testament is David. I was drawn to this character because of his sportsmanship. The universal principles that I learned from him are hard work, perseverance, respect, and pride. These characteristics affect my view of the world, my work, studies, relationships, and life. This paper specifically draws from David’s actions towards Saul, when Saul was trying to kill him. What Draws Me To David My main draw to David is his sportsmanship towards Saul....   [tags: David's Actions Towards Saul]

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Why is The Name El Shaddai so Important?

- ... According to Nathan Stone, “the word ‘el’ itself is translated ‘God’ over 200 times in the Bible” (32). Yet it holds more significance then just being a general term for “God”. Mary Loeks writes, “El is a shortened form of Elohim. It sets forth the might, the strength, and the excellence of God” (107). Examples of “El” being associated with “strength” are numerous in the Old Testament. For instance, Psalm 68:35b says, “the God [El] of Israel gives power and strength to his people”. The instances of “El” in the Old Testament are not even exclusively tied with the term “God”, but even directly tied with a general idea of “strength”....   [tags: bible, god, old testament]

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Supernatural or Simply Science? New Paradigms in the Study of Miracles

- Throughout modern times Christianity has been greatly bashed by science and all the new discoveries. Many scientists believe that through recent findings and philosophies that they are able to contradict one of the strongest and most spiritually prominent religions in the world. But science is backed by little proof. Science bases their conclusions off of two things: observation and replication. There are things of this world that can clearly not be seen, for example the Lord, and also things that cannot be reproduced such as Christ’s virgin birth or his resurrection....   [tags: christianity, bible, old testament]

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The Prophecies in the Bible Are Not Myth

- According to the dictionary a myth is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events..(oxforddictionaries.). On the other hand, there are no myths in the Bible because the Bible tries to explain the world we live in. It is a historical account of the world and its surroundings before, during, and after Jesus' time on earth.  Therefore, the Bible itself contains a timeline of historical events that include places, historical figures and also coincides with other non-biblical related events....   [tags: Old Testament, religious beliefs]

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The Book of Zephaniah in the Hebrew Bible

- Zephaniah 3:9-20 is a biblical passage in the Hebrew Bible that features many different interpretations and can be related to various other biblical passages and stories as well. There are numerous historical and cultural contexts within this passage and the literary genre and structure, as well as theology are themes that are prominent in these verses of Zephaniah. The language and imagery in this particular book of the Hebrew Bible are culturally specific and deeply imbedded in the traditions of the Near East....   [tags: old testament, minor prophets]

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Gods Timing and How it Affects Samuel, Saul, David, and Solomon

- Waiting on Gods timing is the best thing people can do in their life.God has a plan for everyones life’ to reject that plan can be disastorous. Gods plan for their life is what he intended it to be . Many will discover throughout this discussion on Samuel, Saul, David, and Solomon that some of them waited on God’s plan for their life and others did not. The reasons God May make people wait on something that they want is to test their faith, sift through their motives for the things that they desire, and for people to trust in God that he will do what he says he will do....   [tags: bible, christianity, old testament]

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The Invention of Childhood by Hugh Cunningham

- Contemporary anxieties about childhood have often fuelled the incentive into historical research on the subject, with childhood enjoying a high status in our social, political and cultural debates. This has been reflected in what can be described as a ‘lively field’ of historical investigation , aiming to give us a wider perspective on the changing conceptions of childhood, and an understanding of the experiences of children through time. The publication of Philippe Ariès’ L’enfant et la vie familiale sous l’ancien regime in 1960 helped to stimulate an upsurge of interest in the field, with Ariès managing to convince most of his readers that childhood had a history, and that ideas about chi...   [tags: old testament, education, correction]

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Christian Doctrine: Angels are Warriors of God

- Many things may come to mind when you think of the word, angel. You probably think of winged beings who sit on clouds all day singing and playing lyres. If you had thought that, you are wrong, very wrong. Angels are warriors of God, abiding by His Laws and His Laws only. They are protectors of earth and its inhabitants and sometimes, the destroyers. An angel’s importance may not be widely known, but their job for us will never be forgotten. Angels are pure spirits that were created by God. The English word, angel, comes from a Greek translation, angelos, meaning messenger....   [tags: church, old testament]

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The Personality of a Caring God

- ... God explains to his people that "the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns (Exodus 20:10). God does not want anyone to work on the Sabbath for He has made it is a day of rest. It is not just His people that Yahweh cares about, it is all people. The Sabbath represents the 7th day in Genesis when the earth was being formed....   [tags: Yaweh, Old Testament]

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I Give My Life to God

- Christians believe Jesus Christ was sent to Earth to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament. Christians believe Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again three days later. Jesus Christ ascended into heaven after the third day, and now sits at the right hand of God, the father, in Heaven. As Christians, we wait for the day Jesus Christ will return to judge both the living and the dead. But, before the judgment day comes, we are called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Bible). The previous verse mentioned means, as Christians we are to spread the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, to everyone and give them the option to accept the Christian belief and have eternal life in...   [tags: Christianity, Christ, Old Testament]

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The covenants between God and man

- The covenants between God and man constitute one of the principal keys to the interpretation of the Old Testament, denoting the dividing lines between the different dispensations and indicating the several changes of procedure in God’s dealings with the earth. There are arguably eight covenants made by God referred to in Scripture. Much could be written concerning these different covenants, but we will only deal with the covenants in Genesis. At various times God condescended to enter into a compact with man, and failure to observe the terms and scope of these compacts leads to the utmost confusion....   [tags: Old Testament, God, Genesis]

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Comparison Between Christianity and Islam

- Christianity and Islam are most popular religions in the world. The largest number of people in the earth belongs to either of these two religions. These religions have definitely affected the culture of people. The study if the two religions give insight into the culture of people and it makes it easy to understand other people. Jesus and Mohammad is the founder of the two religions. In order to understand the two religions, it is important that the differences between the two leaders be understood....   [tags: jesus, mohamed, old testament]

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A Refleciton on Hosea 1:1-3:5

- ... Gomer, the prostitute of Samaria and daughter of Diblaim, was representative of all that was wrong with Israel (Tenney Vol. 2). Many of the Israeli people did not solely follow Yahweh. Instead, many practiced polytheism and worshiped Yahweh when it was most convenient. Some scholars believe that Gomer was actually a temple prostitute that was a sex slave for the worship or Baal (Tenney Vol. 3). What scholars do agree on is that Hosea’s marriage to Gomer is symbolic of God’s relationship with His people....   [tags: Old Testament survey]

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Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

- ... It is longer and more detailed than a similitude. It happened one time in real life, and it is fictitious but not fancified. There are more parable parables in the Gospels than any other type of parables. Our parable is actually not a parable on the kingdom or on mercy, but it belongs in a third category: parables on judgment. The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant is told towards the end of Jesus’ preaching ministry and towards the end of the gospel of Matthew, while Jesus is preaching in Galilee....   [tags: bible, jesus, old testament]

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Abrahamic Covenant of Grace

- ... The Mosaic covenant is typically categorized as a suzerain-vassal treaty. In this covenant agreement God promised to curse Israel for disobedience or bless them for obedience. The Mosaic covenant had specific restrictions and regulations which can be considered proof of a conditional treaty. Also there is a statement in the Mosaic covenant in Exodus 19:5 which state “Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine”....   [tags: Old Testament, Biblical sutdies]

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The History of Creation in Genesis

- The History of Creation in Genesis 1:1-5 Introduction The passage that I choose to write about was Genesis chapter 1 verses 1-5. I choose this passage because I was interested in studying how God supposedly created the earth and turned darkness into a world full of life and spirit. Genesis 1 begins by saying “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”(NKJV) I think that the purpose of this verse is to summarize the things that God would do in the future. This text tells us that God existed before the heavens and the earth....   [tags: Old Testament]

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

- There are many strange similarities between ancient texts of different cultures. Within these narratives, there are different trappings, but many of the stories remain eerily similar across cultural boundaries; within The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament of the Bible, for instance, there are a number of different stories that are remarkably similar. The story of Gilgamesh and the plant of eternal life are very similar to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. However, perhaps the most similar of the stories contained within the Gilgamesh epic and the Old Testament of the Bible is the shared stories of a Flood....   [tags: bible, old testament]

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Adam the First Man Created by God

- Most Christians are aware of the Old Testament story of creation, and how Adam was the first man created by God (Gen. 2:7), from which all other human life sprang. The New Testament reiterates this point in Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians by referring to him as “The first Man” (1 Cor. 15:45). Hence, Christians know that Adam was made of flesh (15:47), as God made him from the dust of the earth. Most Christians also recognize the purpose for which Christ came to earth and how He died on the cross to be the Savior of all who believe in Him....   [tags: christians, old testament, new testament]

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Christopher J.H. Wright

- Introduction In the book by Christopher J.H. Wright, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, the author argues the very existence of Jesus Christ in the New Testament is portrayed within the Old Testament. Wright writes, “the deeper you go into understanding the Old Testament, the closer you will come to the heart of Jesus” (ix). Wright explains many Christians love Jesus, but do not know much about the Scriptures that He read. This is the author’s intention of the book, bringing the readers to a deep understanding of the Old Testament and gaining a greater understanding of Jesus....   [tags: Religion, Jesus, Old Testament]

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Analysis of Christopher J. H. Wright´s Writings on The Old and New Testament

- ... This is where Wright brings into view the missiology of the responsibility given to Israel through God’s covenant relationship. Israel does not hold true to the four covenant relationships built with God. Consequently, Wright concludes that salvation was brought about to the nations through Jesus, due to the failures of upholding the covenants by the people of Israel. Matthew 28:18-20. This is the clearest statement connecting Jesus to the God of Israel. Deuteronomy had summarized the Old Testament truth about God in the words: the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below....   [tags: Jesus, Bible]

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The Importance of Knowing Jesus in Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, by Christopher J. H. Wright

- In his book Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher J. H. Wright sets out to introduce the importance of understanding Jesus and how Jesus found his identity, the goal of his own mission, and interpreted the Old Testament. The author’s intent is to show Christians who Jesus really was, by shedding some light on the father from early Hebrew scripture. Wright argues that Jesus is the fulfillment through the Old Testament. And gave validity to the events leading to the New Testament. Chris Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1947, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian....   [tags: salvation, covenants, christian]

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Examining the Central Ideas Relating to Justice, Law and Punishment

- ... This is realistic because without a strong government our inherent natural state would be violent and selfish; however there is equal evidence for an altruistic and peaceful existence. Another central idea would be that of Human Rights, which are akin to Kant’s personal imperative “treat all persons as ends in themselves and never as a means only.” Human rights are synonymous with natural rights; however natural rights exist by virtue of nature alone, whereas human rights are actual products of moral, social and political agreements that are enshrined in public documents in an attempt to establish the conditions thought necessary for a decent existence for all....   [tags: equality, social democracy, old testament]

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Death Penalty and The Bible Discussion

- Major world religions have assorted stands on the ethics and morality of the death penalty. These perspectives are mainly based on the religious teachings from religious books, such as the Quran and the bible, which has various incidences of offenders being publicly executed. As indicated in the Hebrew bible, which is the source for the Old Testament, there are various crimes that should receive the death penalty as retribution. These Jewish laws were considered to be divine as they formed a core part of the covenant between Yahweh (their creator) and the children of Israel....   [tags: capital punishment, old testament, religion]

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Wikrungs Geschichte of King David and How It Affected the Song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

- ... Saul then began to become jealous of David when he was successful in a battle against the Philistines. Saul had tried to kill David by throwing s spear at him and even though Saul wanted him dead, David stayed with Saul and was offered his daughter Merav as a wife. He was also offered Saul’s second daughter Michal, in exchange for the foreskin of one hundred Philistines, it was a price David had paid. When Saul’s jealousy had grown, he resulted in asking his son Jonathan to kill David. Jonathan hid David instead and convinced Saul to promise not to kill David....   [tags: biblical figures from the Old Testament]

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The Stoty of Jonah: Bible Study

- The people of Nineveh were living in evil, and Jonah was called to command them to repent [Jonah 1:2]. Furthermore, the citizens were governed by a King; moreover, the people repented to the Lord after Jonah’s warning [Jonah 3:6-10]. In addition, the book of Nahum is written almost entirely to address the people of Nineveh; Nahum prophesies that their wickedness, folly, and unrepentant lives will lead to destruction. Nineveh is described as a bloody city [3:1], and is repeatedly condemned for their practices of sexual immorality [3:4]....   [tags: old testament, nineveh, nahum, prophets]

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Prophecy in the Bible: Daniel 9:24-27

- One of the most compelling attributes about the Bible is that it is full of prophecy. Christ Himself fulfilled three hundred and fifty-one of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. One in particular is the prophecy of the seventy years in Daniel 9:24-27. Here we look not only to the foretelling of events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ and to the future of today, but also into the authority of the authorship of God’s sovereignty. When we examine the prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel, we start to see the time frame from which God gives redemption to mankind....   [tags: Christianity and Christian beliefs, Old Testament]

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Everlasting Covenant: Isaiah 24: 1-5

- Everlasting Covenant – Isaiah 24: 1-5 God does not enter into any relationship without entering into a covenant. A covenant must consist of a relationship between humankind and God; and, it is eternal, which is why it is called an everlasting covenant. The everlasting covenant can only be broken if man fails to maintain an intimate and personal relationship with God or chooses separation from God through sin, as was the case with Israel. Their hearts had strayed and many sins entered their lives....   [tags: humankind and god, old testament, lamb]

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Elisha and the Widow's Oil

- II Kings 4:1-7 Analysis Introduction to “Elisha and the Widow’s Oil”: The book of first and second Kings is a continuation of the cyclical cycle that Israel follows throughout the Old Testament. The Israelites are unfaithful in their relationship to God, they are consequently disciplined by God through oppression, consequently they petition God for divine assistance, and God then sends a deliverer. In II Kings 4, the current deliverer for God’s people is a man named Elisha. In this particular scene of the Old Testament, readers are able to see Elisha’s miraculous power given by God in a time of Israel’s disobedience and discipline....   [tags: King James Bible, Old Testament]

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Thematic Correlations Between As I Lay Dying And The Old Testament

- Since its original publication in 1930, the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner has drawn much exploration and critique. Though this analysis is very far reaching and broad in topic, one interesting route of investigation is the novel's connection to the Old Testament. One does not have to be a Christian to study the similarities in theme; there are very many occurrences of biblical subject matter and correlation, these having been studied by student and scholar alike. The Old Testament is known commonly as the more historical part of the Bible; it sets up the background knowledge to the New Testament and gives readers an idea of the nature of the times....   [tags: William Faulkner]

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Old Testament Connections from Grapes of Wrath

- John Steinbeck makes many Biblical allusions in his book The Grapes of Wrath. Many of these connections are on a small layer, perhaps applying to only one individual. Jim Casy, the Christ figure, is one example of an allusion from the New Testament. However, the whole book can be seen as a Biblical allusion to the story of the Exodus and the life of Moses. Not only does the story of the fictional Joad family relate to the Exodus, but the story of the Okies and the great migration that took place during the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Adoption and Its Process

- According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the term adoption means “the act or process of giving official acceptance or approval to something”(adoption). The first record of legally adopting someone was in the 17th century. Even though this was the first recorded adoption, scientists know that adoption was a common custom to do within families when a parent died(“Adoption Timeline”). Nowadays, people adopt primarily due to infertility. Adoption is a challenging process, but when chosen, it changes the lives of the people involved, especially those in foster care....   [tags: infertility, Old Testament, foster care]

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Is Birth Control Immoral?

- By strictly labelling birth control as immoral after the oral contraceptive was released, the Vatican triggered shock and disapproval among the population and some religious officials, which eventually led to loss of power and disloyal believers. Interestingly, Allyn (2001) explains that The Old Testament of the bible does not at all mention contraception, even in the sections about sexuality, and therefore, nowhere is it officially stated that birth control is immoral (p. 31). Contraception is also not included in The New Testament, hinting that Christians developed the idea that birth control is immoral from an outside source....   [tags: old testament, church, avoiding contraception]

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Description of The Divinity of the Scriptures

- The Bible is a book that is comprised of over forty different authors and sixty six different books, which are sub-divided into the Old and New Testament. The division is because the Old is the books that we inherited from the Jewish faith and the New Testament is during the time of and after the Messiah, had come and is only in the Christian Bible. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are given by the inspiration of God because, they complement each other, they declare prophecy and fulfillment, and God is revealed through them....   [tags: christian bible, old testament, new testament]

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Daniel: A Model of Humility and Intercessory Prayer

- Gandhi once said that “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness.” Despite the fact that Gandhi was not a Christian he understood the significance of prayer and the futility of man. But long before Gandhi’s time lived a humble man of God named Daniel. It was “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah” that God called Daniel, an Israelite of the tribe of Judah, out of a life of obscurity to accomplish His will. Although outwardly Daniel resembled a slave under the control of a foreign king he was in fact a godly ambassador to King Nebuchadnezzar and a servant of the Lord by God’s own design....   [tags: religion, Old Testament]

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Summary of The Book of Habakkuk

- ... This book is different than any of the other minor prophet books, as it is not God addressing His people through a prophet, but rather the prophet represents the people, and addresses (even challenges) God. The people of Israel had been wicked, and God was once again punishing them for their heresies. It seemed to be a constant cycle with these people to fall away, fall into persecutions, and repent. In this instance, God used the Chaldeans, a wicked nation indeed, to punish the Israelites....   [tags: old testament, judah, nahum]

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